On 21-22 March 2011, the Southeast Asian Strategy Workshop on Tax Justice was held at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Pasig City. The workshop was organized by Action for Economic Reforms and Jubilee South/Asia-Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) in cooperation with Christian Aid (CA). The organizers are part of the global project, “Towards Tax Justice”.
The objectives of the workshop were:
- To review/refine the discussion paper on regional tax reform advocacy;
- To identify challenges and expectations of members/potential members on the regional tax reform advocacy;
- To develop a medium-term plan for Southeast Asian Tax Justice Network, including specific goals and strategies that will be presented in the Asia Conference this year;
- To prepare for the research conference and the Southeast Asian Tax Justice Network launch, which will be held also this year.
This was called in order to build consensus for the soon-to-be-formed Southeast Asian Tax Justice Network and to consolidate organizations that are already involved. The main idea for the calling of the workshop is to have a more focused research, for capacity building, campaigning around tax justice, addressing regional tax issues and to already begin international campaigning.
The first day was started by Mr. Filomeno Sta. Ana, Coordinator of AER giving the Welcome Remarks. A Background and Introduction about the workshop by Ms. Daphne Villanueva of Christian Aid then followed.
During the workshop, two papers were presented to the members to serve as stimulation for a more in-depth discussion and debate on the formation of the network: the Paper on Regional Tax Reform Advocacy by the Action for Economic Reforms and the Framework for Fiscal Justice and Tax Advocacy by JSAPMDD.
Then came Workshop 1 on Tax Reform Advocacy, followed by Workshop 2 on the Development of the Tax Justice Campaign – Southeast Asia Medium-Term Plan.
The second day was devoted to Planning for the Tax Conference to be held later this year and a Discussion on How to Give Additional Perspective to the Advocacy Toolkit.
The workshop ended by Ms. Lidy Nacpil of JSAPMDD giving the Closing Remarks.
A total 13 individuals participated in the workshop, coming from various countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and of course, the Philippines.
To see photos of the event, go to https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150424377962516.456861.361109817515&type=1